Not Used to Being Naked Around Strangers

Chris Carroll recently shared this "Advice from a Patient," which seems to be from the PFCC Innovation Center 2013 Annual Report, and was not written by Gill Phillips:
This may be a normal day at work for you,
but it’s a big day in my life. 
The look on your face and the tone of your voice
can change my entire view of the world. 
Remember, I’m not usually this needy or scared. 
I am here because I trust you; help me stay confident. 
I may look like I’m out of it,
but I can hear your conversations. 
I’m not used to being naked around strangers.
Keep that in mind. 
I’m impatient because I want to get the heck
out of here. Nothing personal. 
I don’t speak your language well.
You’re going to do what to my what? 
I may only be here for four days,
but I’ll remember you the rest of my life. 
Your patients need your patience.
Some great thoughts to keep in mind for the upcoming year. Happy 2015!

Followup Ian Stiell Survey & Podcast

Thanks to those of you who filled out the survey on Ian Stiell’s clinical decision rules and risk scales and listened to the podcast!

(For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast on clinical decision rules yet, please use this link the first survey.)

For those of you have have listened to the podcast on clinical decision rules, please fill out this second 2 question, 15 second survey, after which you will be given a link to a free bonus podcast with Ian Stiell discussing the new Atrial Fibrillation guidelines!

Link to second survey for access to Afib podcast


Audio message from EBM guru Ian Stiell:

Please feel free to share this with any EM provider who might be interested!

Ian Stiell Needs YOUR Help

Some of our EM Colleagues are evaluating the impact of Social Media on knowledge uptake.  

They’ve designed an audio message from EBM guru Ian Stiell (embedded below) and very short (~2 minutes) pre-survey.

At the end of the survey you’ll be provided with access to a 1-hour EM Cases podcast by Anton Helman featuring Ian Stiell discussing “Clinical Decision Rules and Risk Scales

In one week, there will be a followup with a podcast about A-fib and a short 2-item post-survey.

Please feel free to share this with any EM provider who might be interested.

Thanks for participating! 

link to get access to his podcast on clinical decision rules and his newest risk scales on EM Cases:

Stay tuned for a bonus podcast on Atrial Fibrillation in one week. 

Please feel free to share this with any EM provider who might be interested!

Proposed EM Quality Measures

Below are tweets from Jay Schuur, MD, MHS, summarizing the proposed quality measures that the National Quality Forum just released. Public comments are open until December 5th, 2014 so this is your chance to have some input into the process.

Jay Schuur, MD, MHS
Vice Chair of Quality and Safety
Chief of the Division of Health Policy Translation
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Emergency) at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schuur is Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), and represents Emergency Medicine on the American Medical Association's Physician Council for Performance Improvement (PCPI).

ICEP 2014: Building Your Brand Using Social Media

Talk from ICEP Resident Career Day 2014 by Ernie Wang

Building Your Brand Using Social Media

Storified tweets:

Full video:

Ernest Wang, MD, FACEP
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair of Simulation and Innovation
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP
Secretary Treasurer
American College of Emergency Physicians
Dallas, TX

Why We Fight

True story:

The other day I was leaving after a busy shift. As I was just a few feet from the door, a nurse grabbed me and said the patient in room 17* wanted to see me.

I turned around, put my bag down and took off my coat, and went into the patient's room.

"The nurse said you wanted to see me about something?" I asked.

"Yes," said the patient. "I'm sorry, I know you were just trying to go home. But I just wanted to say: thank you."


Ari Kestler just shared this picture. I modified it a little; seems to work better this way:

*room numbers have been changed to protect patient privacy.
**I can't read the attribution on the bottom, and searching the internets has been unsuccessful. Does anyone know who made the original?